Liberty Green Event Summary

On Tuesday afternoon, eight players from the New York Liberty exercised their green thumbs when they joined 40 youth from Newark for a special afternoon at the Greater Newark Conservancy.

The children, ages 10-14, are participants in the City of Newark's first-ever Youth Public Safety Academy, a four-week long summer camp created by Mayor Cory Booker, the City of Newark's Police and Fire departments and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office to give youth hands-on instruction while learning how to report crimes, resist gang activity, how to prevent fires at home and care for nature.

The New York Liberty in partnership with Garden of Dreams Foundation, wanted to participate in the program to give back to the Newark community which has welcomed the team with open arms to the Prudential Center this summer. With the WNBAs' green initiative in mind, players from the Liberty chose to stop in for the environmental portion of the camp, to help educate the children on the importance of conserving nature.

To kick off the afternoon, the kids were introduced to Liberty players Cappie Pondexter, Essense Carson, Plenette Pierson, Nicole Powell, Sidney Spencer, Sydney Colson, Quanitra Hollingsworth and Alex Montgomery before hearing from Robin L. Dougherty, the Director of the Greater Newark Conservancy.

Liberty players then joined the kids on an interactive tour of the conservancy were they had the opportunity to plant and pot seeds around the facility. The group had a great time interacting with the players and were thrilled to participate in an autograph and photo session at the end of the program. Before the kids loaded onto the bus, they were treated with special gift bags from the New York Liberty and the Garden of Dreams Foundation which was the perfect end to a memorable day.

To check out some photos from this day, CLICK HERE.